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THE FOOTLIGHT CLUB 

PRESENTS 
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Directed by S.J. Messina 
THE CAST 

Greta MARGOT LAFFERTY 

Carter PAUL ABBOTT 

Mr. Mayhew JOHN BRIASCO 

Leonard Vole DAVID VALCOVIC 

Sir Wilfrid Robarts DAVID BOSSIO 

Inspector Hearne CARLETON POWERS 

Romaine JVLA.UREEN VAUGHN 

Clerk of the Court JOHN E. SCOLA 

Mr. Justice Wainwright ROBERT BRANDT 

Mr. Myers ARTHUR O'MALLEY 

Warder DON BILODEAU 

A Policeman MICHAEL PAVONE 

Dr. Wyatt PAUL KUSSMAN 

Janet MacKenzie GRETA BRANDT 

Marian Clegg JOAN PURFIELD 

The Other Woman KATHLEEN DOOHER 

SYNOPSIS OF SCENES 
ACT I 

The chambers of Sir Wilfrid Robarts, Q.C., in London. 
Late afternoon. 

ACT TWO 

The Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey) in London. 
Morning. Six weeks later. 

ACT THREE 

Scene I: The chambers of Sir Wilfrid Robarts, Q.C., in London. 

The same evening. 
Scene 1 1 : The Old Bailey. The next morning. 

(The lights will be lowered during this scene to denote the passing of one hour.) 
Time: The present. 
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., N.Y. 



MANAGEMENT OF THE PLAY 



Director 

Co-Producers .. 
Stage Manager 
Stage Crew 



SJ. Messina 



Paul Kussman, Margaret Mann 



Allyn McCourt 



Michael Thompson, James Thompson, 

Sherman Thompson, Robert Natale, Paul Angus 



Set Design 

Lights 

Decor 



Earl Thompson 



. Paul Monroe 
Alice Woodall 



Costumes 



Mildred Adelson 



Prompter 

Publicity 

Refreshment Chairman 

Hospitality 

Program Insert 



Madeline Burbank 



William Presley, Margaret Mann 



Janet Grey 

Pamela Meserve 



Mary Keefe 



The Club invites you to have refreshments in the William S. Parker 
Room following the first act. Champagne will be sold. Lights will be 
dimmed shortly before the end of intermission. 



Friday, March 1 — Mrs. John Foran, Mrs. David Scannell, Mrs. Paul Abbott, 
Miss Caren Bohan 

Saturday, March 2 — Mrs. George Bloomberg, Mrs. Carleton Power, Mrs. 
Ralph Bennett, Mrs. Paul Kussman 

Friday, March 8 — Mrs. Donald Oken, Miss Alice Heggie, Miss Katherine 
Heggie, Mrs. Thomas Mclntyre 

Saturday, March 9 — Mrs. J. Edward Keefe, Jr., Mrs. Peter Leahy, Mrs. S.J. 
Messina, Mrs. William Meserve 



HOSTESSES 



USHERS 



Friday — Jean Foran, Joan Foran 
Saturday — Ellen Kussman, Patricia Kussman 
Friday — Wendy Oken, Maura Vaughn 
Saturday — Manette Bloomberg, Lisa Scali 



AT THE DOOR 



Friday — Mr. John Foran 
Saturday — Mr. George Bloomberg 
Friday — Dr. Donald Oken 
Saturday — Mr. J. Edward Keefe, Jr. 



WHO'S WHO 



MARGOT LAFFERTY (Greta) who you will remember as Ruth in 
Blithe Spirit again gives us the benefit of her professional acting experience 
in New York and in college dramatics. She manages a home with children, 
enjoys baking and knitting, and still has time for acting. 

PAUL ABBOTT (Carter) is on stage for the first time and we 
welcome him to the boards of The Footlight Club. A social worker for the 
Welfare Department, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Jamaica 
Plain Neighborhood House, Paul married a daughter of a former treasurer 
of the Footlight Club and has become immersed in all facets of life in this 
neighborhood. Break a leg, Paul! 

JOHN BRIASCO (Mr. Mayhew) John's credits are lengthy both 
amateur and professional theatre. He has arted and directed for many 
suburban community theatres. Professionally, John has been an actor in 
stock in the American Creative Theatre of New York and has studied drama 
in New York. Welcome to the Footlight Club, John, and we hope we may 
continue to be the beneficiary of your talents. 

DAVID VALCOVIC (Leonard Vole) trod the Footlight boards be- 
fore as Magee in Don't Drink the Water. He has also been on stage for 
other Little Theatre groups, and stage managed the Footlight production of 
Cactus Flower. Welcome back, David. 

DAVID BOSSIO (Sir Wilfrid Robarts) is currently directing and 
teaching drama in the Boston area. He has already directed and acted with 
many college and community theatre groups in this country and in England. 
John first appeared on the Footlight stage in the memorable role of Bellamy 
in the Fantastics. For those who were privileged to see the Footlight Club's 
Children's Theatre produrtion of The Sorcerer Who Couldn't Read, John 
will be remembered for that wonderful, delightful characterization of the 
near-sighted magician who was forever losing his glasses. 

CARLETON POWERS (Inspector Hearne) is well known as a tre- 
mendous Footlight Club actor, always deeply interested in piauring the 
character correctly. To list only his roles here does not do justice to his 
devotion to community theatre groups but for the Footlight Club he will be 
remembered for Plaza Suite, Five Finger Exercise, Night of the Iguana and 
Lady Not For Burning. Good to see you again, Carleton. 

MAUREEN VAUGHN (Romaine) needs no introduction. A superb 
a«ress remembered for her portrayals of Laura Partridge in The Solid Gold 
Cadillac, Judy in Send Me No Flowers, Mary in The Women to name just 
a few. She also produced Finnian's Rainbow. In addition, Maureen has 
served as a Club Officer, organizer of social events, and lent her talents to 
the backstage crew. Maureen has four children all of whom are involved 
in the theatre — some with the Footlight Juniors. We lent Maureen to other 
community groups for a brief spell but — Vacation's over, Maureen. 

JOHN SCOLA (Clerk of the Court) — If you saw The Sorcerer Who 
Couldn't Read, you will not recognize John who played magnificently the 
role of the Book Worm in the ungainly eight foot tall costume with the 
long tail. We welcome John to our adult theatre — a talented aaor with 
a long list of credits including Shakesperian comedies. When do you find 
time for scuba diving, John? 



ROBERT BRANDT (Mr. Justice Wainwright) briefly acted for the 
Footlight Club in the '50's in America Landscape and Grammercy Ghost but 
has been acting and doing backstage jobs for the Waban Players since the 
40's with time out for other groups. Bob has been a dues paying member 
of The Footlight Club since 1953. Badminton, skiing, travel, and sailing 
occupy him in his spare moments. Glad you returned to our boards. Bob. 

ARTHUR O'MALLEY (Myers) — Arthur, an English teacher in a 
parochial school began his acting with a Shakespearian Theatre group. He 
is known to the Footlight Club for his roles in Life with Father and The 
Fantastics. Arthur, the author of that original Children's musical, The 
Sorcerer Who Couldn't Read, also aaed in the play. We appreciate all 
your talents, Arthur. 

DON BILODEAU (Warder) — We welcome Don to The Footlight 
Club but he is no neophyte in the theatre having acted in many excellent 
college productions. 

MICHAEL PAVONE (The Policeman) — Out front again, Mike 
alternates between acting and back stage crew. Every production for the 
past few years has found him lending a helping hand. He began his acting 
career as a Footlight Club Junior while a freshman in high school, moved 
to the adult theatre, learned lighting and set construction, and also the non- 
glamorous chores of maintaining the building. A most willing worker for 
The Footlight Club! 

PAUL KUSSMAN (Dr. Wyatt) needs no introduaion. He is Vice 
President ( The Club's ) . He has directed five plays, the latest Forty Carats, 
was director and composer and piano player for the children's musical, and 
organized the most necessary Building Fund Drive (donations still being 
accepted ) . In between volunteer activities for the Club, Paul is Director of 
the largest welfare office in Boston of which the Jamaica Plain area is a part, 
and is a devoted father stretching the gas allotment to drive his son to 
hockey practice. Usually working behind the curtain, Paul is now highly 
visible and "out front for the first time" on the Footlight stage. 

GRETA BRANDT (Janet McKenzie) has been active in all facets of 
the theatre for the Waban Players since the forties. Acting, set design — 
you name it! A talented artist who enjoys stained glass work and painting 
in tempera, Greta sails, travels, and volunteers for the Red Cross. Welcome, 
Greta. 

JOAN PURFIELD (Marian Clegg) — We welcomed Joan in Blithe 
Spirit as the maid, Edith, and appreciate her returning so soon. Joan is 
studying drama and is earnestly and enthusiastically working at her avocation. 

KATHLEEN DOOHER (The Other Woman) — has appeared in 
Plaza Suite and Forty Carats, made up children at the Bazzar, painted the 
scenery, designed and made the unusual costumes for the Sorcerer Who 
Couldn't Read. Remember the gorgeous Mabel The Mushroom? A very 
versatile young lady and an excellent school teacher! 

JURORS — Individually and collectively, your wisdom is appreciated 
in the decision necessary to bring this play to its conclusion. Thank you. 
The Jury is dismissed. 

S.J. MESSINA (Director) — Sam brings to this play his vast ex- 
perience as a professional off Broadway and television actor as well as 
Community Theatre experience. He has directed for the Footlight Club and 
for television and the results are always professional. Now associated with 
the Boston Public Schools, Sam has maintained his interest in all facets of 
the theatre and just recently completed a term as a Footlight Club Board 
Director. Thank you, Sam, for your time, energy and excellent direction.